Victor Borge Collection
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THE VICTOR BORGE COLLECTIONVictor Borge Biography: Victor Borge was born in Copenhagen, Denmark January 3, 1909, the son of Bernhard and Frederikke Rosenbaum. He was named Børge Rosenbaum, and his musical talent was no surprise as his father was a musician in the Royal Danish Chapel. He was educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Music by Olivo Krause, and later by Victor Schiøler, Frederic Lamond and Egon Petri. He had his piano debut in 1926 at "Odd Fellow Palæet" in Copenhagen and was recognized as a very talented musician. During the 1930's he became one of Denmark's most popular artists. He started his career as a classical pianist, but his talent for making the audience laugh was soon obvious, and he started developing his unique blend of humor and music. He had his revue debut in 1933 and his film debut in 1937. In 1940 he was forced to leave Denmark, and he traveled from Petsano to New York. Although he didn't speak English he soon managed to "translate" his humor, and he performed for the first time in Bing Crosby's radio show in 1941. In 1942 he was pronounced "the best new radio performer of the year" by the American press, and his radio and TV shows became extremely popular. He became an American citizen in 1948, and had his own show, "Comedy in Music", at The Golden Theatre, New York 1953-56. He had performed as soloist and conductor with leading orchestras from 1956, and has performed as Opera Conductor, e.g. Magic Flute, Cleveland Orchestra, 1979 and The Royal Danish Theatre, 1992. He established several trusts, and he received numerous honorable awards and honors. He was the patron of The Danish Royal Academy of Music Children’s Choir. With Robert Sherman he was the author of My Favorite Intermissions (1971) and My Favorite Comedies in Music (1981). Victor Borge died at home in his sleep, December 23rd, 2000.
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Subject: Victor Borge Collection, The
ITEM 1: Victor Borge: Comedy in Music
SEVERAL ITEMS ARE CUTS FROM COMEDY IN MUSIC SIDE 1
Victor_Borge_-_S0101 # Rachmaninov_Excerpts.mp3
Victor_Borge_-_S0102 Happy_Birthday [COMEDY IN MUSIC FROM BOSTON].mp3
SEVERAL ITEMS ARE CUTS FROM COMEDY IN MUSIC SIDE 2.
SIDE 2 IS 10 MINUTES OR SO SHORT, MISSING Liebestraum ...HOWEVER THAT ITEM CAN BE FOUND AS PART OF Three_Borge_Favorites.
BORGE'S SHOWS WERE 60 TO 90 MINUTES LONG, NO INTERMISSIONS, EVIDENTLY EVEN WHEN HE WAS WELL INTO 80'S. LEIBENSTRAUM IS CITED ON SIDE 2 AS ITEM TO BE PLAYED IN REQUESTS.
SIDE 1 IS 26 MINUTES
SIDE 2 IS 14 MINUTES
RECORD PRESSING WOULD HAVE BEEN CLOSE TO 30 MINITES A SIDE.
THEREFORE, AT VERY LEAST, 10 MINUTES IS MISSING.
THE LEIBENSTRAUM PIECE OF Three_Borge_Favorites IS NOT QUITE SIX MINUTES, SO THERE MAY BE ANOTHER BIT MISSING.
Three_Borge_Favorites AND Minute Waltz.txt
Victor Borge Collection, The xx-xx-xx (xxx) Minute Waltz.mp3
Victor Borge Collection, The xx-xx-xx (xxx) Three Borge Favorites.mp3
I CANNOT DISCERN BREAKS BETWEEN THE FIRST PART, MINUTE WALTZ-THIRD MAN THEME AND LEIBENSTROM, AND THEY MAY HAVE BEEN 100% CONSECUTIVE.
THE META DATA FOR 'MINUTE WALTZ' INDICATES SOURCE ALBUM IS 'CAUGHT IN THE ACT' SO 'FAVOURITES' MAY BE FULLER EXTRACTION.
AT END OF 'LEIBENSTROM' VB STATES HIS TURKEY WITH CRANBERRY DINNER ["I HATE IT BUT I ATE IT"] FOLLOWED BY QUESTIONABLE COFFEE[CHICORY SUBSTITUTE, OR JUST BAD?] WITH SOUR[ED] CREAM COST 65 CENTS, WITH [HE MUTTERS] TIP EXTRA. THIS SOUNDS LIKE A 'BLUE PLATE SPECIAL' FROM MID 40'S TO MID 50'S, DOES THE QUALITY OF THE RECORDING, THE 'AGE' IN HIS VOICE, AND THE SMOOTH, PERFORMANCE MAKE SUCH A RECORDING DATE UNLIKELY...OR AM I WRONG AGAIN?
I SPELLED 'FAVOURITES' CORRECTLY - FOR A CANADIAN.
IT MAY BE THAT THE REDUNDANCY OF IDENTICAL PERFORMANCES IS UNNECESSARY, AS PER THE 'COMEDY IN MUSIC' A.K.A. 'LIVE IN BOSTON' EXTRACTIONS. IT IS WORTHWHILE TO HAVE COPIES OF DIFFERENT PERFORMANCES OF THE SAME BASIC ROUTINES, BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT IDENTICAL. TINA HARDIN MADE A COMMENT TO THAT EFFECT. IT IS ALSO WORTHWHILE VIEWING ANY [OR BETTER, ALL] OF THE BEST OF BORGE TAPES [EVEN BETTER ON CD/DVD] TO SEE HOW HE ALTERED A ROUTINE TO SUIT THE PERFORMANCE.
AND YOU REALLY HAVE TO SEE 'FALLING LEAVES'.
MUCH INFORMATION WAS EXTRACTED FROM All_The_Right_Notes_Not_Necessarily_In_The_R.mp3.
RE: DATE OF BBC4 BROADCAST
AS PER Victor Borge Biography.doc, VB DIED December 23rd, 2000.
IN INTERVIEW WITH Rainer HERSH, TINA HARDIN, PHOTOGRAPHER OF VB IN 1999 AND 2000:
1. PHOTO OF VB AT WIFE'S GRAVE WAS TAKEN BY TNA HARDIN TWO MONTH'S BEFORE HE DIED.
2. VB'S WIFE HAD JUST DIED.
3. "IT IS ALMOST TWO YEARS AGO."
THEREFORE INTERVIEW AND BBC RADIO 4 BROADCAST MOST LIKELY IN 2002, NOT SOMETIME IN 1990'S. [ACCORDING TO WIKI IT WAS IN 2003, SO I WAS CLOSE].
THEREFORE YOU CAN CORRECT METADATA FROM 19 SOMETHING TO 2003.
RE: COMEDY IN MUSIC 1955 OR 1956
IF INFO ON 'All_The_Right_Notes_Not_Necessarily_In_The_Right_Order' IS CORRECT, VB'S ONE MAN BROADWAY SHOW [849 PERFORMANCES],'COMEDY IN MUSIC' OPENED IN 1953 AND LASTED UNTIL 1955.
IN FACT, ACCORDING TO IBDB:
Opening: Oct 2, 1953
Closing: Jan 21, 1956 Total Performances: 849
[CLOSE, BUT I EXCUSE MYSELF AS I DID NOT HAVE THE IBDB INFO UNTIL TODAY].
I'D GUESS THE ALBUM WAS RECORDED, IN BOSTON, AFTER THE BROADWAY SHOW CLOSED.
[ACTUAL RELEASE WAS IN 1956]
SINCE VB DID NOT GIVE COMPLIMENTARY [FREE] TICKETS, IT IS NOT LIKELY HE WOULD REDUCE SEAT SALES AT PERFORMANCES BY COMPETING WITH SALES OF HIS OWN RECORD.
FURTHER, WHY RECORD IN A STUDIO WHEN RECORDING IN A THEATER / CONCERT HALL BEFORE A LIVE AUDIENCE PRODUCES IMMEDIATE INCOME FROM SEAT SALES AND PAYS LIVING AND TRANPORTATION EXPENSES. [LISTEN TO Victor Borge Collection, The xx-xx-xx (xxx) All the Right Notes, Not Necessarily in the Right Order.mp3].
THIS ALBUM MAY HAVE BEEN MADE N 1955 OR '56, WHILE VB WAS FRESH FROM BROADWAY AND HE COULD CAPITLIZE ON PRIOR PROMOION. [AS IBDB STATES, 1956].
THEREFORE YOU CAN CORRECT METADATA FROM 19 SOMETHING TO 1956.
IN Victor Borge Collection, The xx-xx-xx (xxx) Sweetheart.mp3, HE REFERS TO RECENT RECORDING[S] MADE FOR COLUMBIA RECORDS, ERGO, HE PLUGGED HIS WORKS ONSTAGE, BUT, UNLIKE OTHER PERFORMERS [ON STAGE IN 1930'S, HE DID NOT SIT IN THE LOBBY AFTER THE PERFORMANCE TO SELL RECORDS/BOOKS [E.G. KATE SMITH].
THIS TIDBIT MAY HELP TO DATE THE PERFORMANCE AND LIVE RECORDING.
SPELLING OF NAMES MAY BE INCORRECT, AS I GOT THEM FROM INTERNET SOURCES.
I MAY LOOK UP MORE DATA, TIME PERMITTING, AND WILL SEND SUCH TO http://otterbarn.tripod.com.
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